On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
We asked for your running pics and should've known that you guys would hustle to the finish line. Swearingen Realty Group’s Alan Thomas (who serves on the Trinity River Commons Foundation board of directors) tells us this year marked the 10th anniversary of the Trinity River Levee Run, which provides funding for the Trinity Commons Foundation. (That’s Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings running on the far right in 2012.) The foundation supports the Trinity Corridor Project. Alan admits he’s not a regular runner. He’ll do the occasional 5k and will run when he can't get other cardio in.
CBRE VP Shannon Brown tells us she runs for the bling (i.e., medals.) She’s ran in eight marathons and too many half-marathons to count, she says. In 2013, she made a goal of running 12 half-marathons in 12 months. After the Dallas Marathon was canceled in December because of the ice (it would’ve been her 12th), she forced herself to run 13.1 miles on the treadmill. She’s also ran in Goofy’s Challenge in Disney World, which is 13.1 miles on Saturday and 26.2 miles on Sunday. Another secret: she loves to run in costume. So far, she’s been Wonder Woman, Pac Man, a ketchup bottle, Mickey Mouse, and a princess. Cushman & Wakefield’s Mike Wyatt hooked her on running after she organized some relay teams for the White Rock marathon.
E Smith Realty Partners VP Jim Hazard (with his mother-in-law and wife) runs about 20 to 35 miles a week (always in the early morning). He’s completed six marathons, three half-Ironmans (his mother-in-law beat him in one of them), and many other races. He’s so into running that he met his wife in the Chicago marathon and proposed to her the day after the Berlin Marathon in Fussen, Germany.
Jim tells us there are many similarities between running and real estate brokerage. For one thing, the job requires a lot of personal drive and ambition to cross a finish line. Also, a deal can be as long and hard as a marathon, but the key is to prepare for the long journey, stay positive, and focus on the success of each step. If you only focus on the finish line (how the heck can I run for 26.2 miles?), then you quickly become discouraged and fail, he says. (Your DFW reporter's mantra: If you ever see me running, you should run too, because something is possibly chasing me.)